WANTAGE - James J. Vanderbeek, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Born on March 11, 1934, in Teaneck to the late Vincent and Vivian Vanderbeek, Jim had lived in Harrington Park before moving to Sussex County.
He had served in the United States Army during peacetime. He was employed as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service in Teaneck for 40 years before his retirement.
He had played with the Cleveland Indians Organization as a left-handed pitcher in the 1950s. He loved sports, especially hockey and was an avid Mets fan.
He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth Vanderbeek in 1999. Jim is survived by his wife, Rita; his son, Stephan Wall of Harrison; his three daughters, Elaine Golomb of Park Ridge, Donna Guerrero and her husband, Di, of Park Ridge, Karin Bortolato and her husband, Mike, of West Milford; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Monica R.C. Church, 33 Unionville Ave., Sussex. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Friends may pay their respects to the family on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, New Jersey 07860. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com
Pinkel Funeral Home
31 Bank Street Sussex, NJ 07461
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 2, 2014